Leading Digital Disruption in the Agile World
LegalTech Talks – live 31st March at 08:00 (BST) | 11:00 (GST) | 15:00 (SGT) | 16:00 (JST) | 18:00 (AEDT)
This live virtual discussion will feature high calibre thought leaders from the in-house, professional services and private practice legal communities. With an emphasis on the global technological landscape, speakers will explore drivers for global collaboration in legal innovation, technology as a business enabler and the growth of legal tech in Asia.
- Discuss the future of global justice and online courts
- Discover emerging legal tech trends and the convergence of law and technology
- Debate the potential of digital disruption in law and opportunities for growth
- Consider how the legal sector can future proof.
Professor Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker and independent adviser to international professional firms, general counsel, judiciaries, and national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of legal service, with particular reference to the impact of information technology. He has specialised in legal technology since the early 1980s and his views have influenced a generation of lawyers and legal technologists around the world.
He has written numerous books, including Expert Systems in Law (Oxford, 1987), The Future of Law (Oxford, 1996), Transforming the Law (Oxford, 2000), The End of Lawyers? (Oxford 2008), Tomorrow’s Lawyers (Oxford, 2013), and (co-author, Daniel Susskind). The Future of the Professions (Oxford, 2015). He has written around 150 columns as a columnist for The Times and he is Founding Editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology. His work has been translated into 12 languages.
Richard is President of the Society for Computers and Law and, since 1998, he has been IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. From 2003 until 2008, he was Chair of the UK’s Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (a non-departmental public body set up by the Cabinet Office in 2003, and now part of the Ministry of Justice). He is Chair of the Advisory Board, and Visiting Professor in Internet Studies, at the Oxford Internet Institute in the University of Oxford. Richard is also Chair of the Online Dispute Resolution Group of the Civil Justice Council of England and Wales, Special Adviser to the Canadian Bar Association, and IT Adviser to the Jersey Legal Information Board
Richard has been widely recognized by the legal industry, he is an Honorary Professor at the Law School in University College London, Emeritus Law Professor at Gresham College in London, and a part-time law professor at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
Richard has a first class honours degree in law from Glasgow University and a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was awarded an OBE in the Millennium New Year’s Honours List by Her Majesty the Queen for services to IT in the Law and to the Administration of Justice.
Starting out at a major Australian law firm, she has spent the majority of her legal career in-house working in the banking, automotive and cosmetics industries.
She believes that innovation is invigorating, change is energising and efficiency will never go out of fashion.
Since launching her first e-Book, Legally Innovative in 2018 (as a side hustle) and subsequent online products, building an online following (via Instagram and LinkedIn) and being named as one of APAC’s Top 10 Most Innovative Lawyers by the Financial Times, amongst other awards, the requests for transformation support and advice have been flooding in from across the globe.
Having served 8 years in her last role, in 2021 Anna has decided to step away from her corporate career, and embrace the future of work, taking what feels like a natural next step of become an entrepreneur on a mission to help the legal and corporate worlds to adapt to the digital age.
In addition, she is an Advisory Board Member to Mys Tyler (a fashion tech startup), She Breaks The Law (a global female innovator network), and sits on the CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium) Australia Chapter.
Described as a change agent, Anna is a sought-after commentator, mindset coach and consultant both domestically and internationally – seeking to shift the dialogue in order to propel the corporate world forward.
Stuart is Global Head of Legal Services for KPMG and is also its Asia Pacific Regional Leader for Legal Services. In those roles, he leads a team of more than 2,700 legal professionals across 80 jurisdictions in KPMG’s global legal network. Prior to joining KPMG in March 2018, Stuart was the inaugural Global Managing Partner of King & Wood Mallesons, based in Hong Kong, having led the combination of those law firms in a unique “east-west” professional services firm business model. As a consequence, Stuart is recognised for his strategic thinking, his ability to lead, manage and significantly grow a business and implement significant change programmes in terms of clients, practice teams and individuals.
Stuart has a strong track record in the finance industry, with close connections to financial institutions, non-bank lenders, investment banks, regulators, government departments and government itself.
Stuart’s experience as a leader of global legal organisations also allows him to bring insights into business and industry trends, with a focus on cross-border investment and trade policy and the global capital markets, and his perspectives on the opportunities and challenges for business and people in both the developed, developing and emerging markets, and across their cultures.
Michelle is the Executive Director of Innovation and is responsible for the design and delivery of both the innovation and transformation strategies and portfolios. Including legal service design, digital strategy, the application of artificial intelligence, future-readiness and innovation thought leadership. Also, Michelle leads KWM’s Digital Transformation strategy and execution.
Michelle is passionate about efficiency, and change that adds value, she is a serial intrapreneur. Over the last 20 years, Michelle has grown a robust global network of clients and contacts where she has been able to execute many ideas into impact successfully. Michelle lives by the mantra “everything is possible” and practices a management style that integrates decades of proven innovation experience for her clients. Michelle’s down to earth approach ensures not only her clients are at ease, but also empowers the industry colleagues she mentors.
Her career has included many first to market initiatives, and she has received many awards and accolades. In global recognition of her market-leading work in 2013, Michelle was one of the first Australians inducted as a Fellow to the International College of Law and Practice Management. In 2017 she was awarded by her peers the International Legal Technology Association Distinguished Peer Leadership Award.
Michelle has a diverse and unique knowledge base, where she combines her strategy and business management with numerous disciplines. Including she is an Accredited Associate Fellow of AIM, an experienced legal technologist, a certified Prince 2 Project Manager, a certified Prosci Change Manager, a Stanford d.school Design Thinker as well as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Michelle holds several Advisory Board appointments for MIT and global legal technology companies.
Gilbert Leong, Senior Partner,
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP
Gilbert Leong is a Senior Partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Intellectual Property & Technology practice group and Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice group.
Gilbert is a pioneer in the technology area for IT law, data protection and computer misuse. He serves as trusted counsel to regulators in Singapore, large financial institutions, outsource service providers and large buyers of IT systems and IT services.
He has also been counsel to parties involved in the telecommunication industry. In particular, he has advised on disputes arising as between telecommunication licensees, application for licenses, market access and infrastructural issues. Gilbert has also been very active in the field of data privacy/protection matters, having written and spoken widely on the area. Currently, he is also a member of the Sub-Committee on AI & Robotics of the Law Reform Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law.
Gilbert is recognised as a leading lawyer for his expertise in many notable publications, including Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Who’s Who Legal.
In addition to his legal qualifications, Gilbert also holds a Certificate in Computer Programming and Information Processing from the City & Guilds of London Institute. Gilbert has authored numerous articles and given speeches on a variety of intellectual property rights, technology issues and electronic commerce.
Gilbert was also a member of several technology-focused think tanks in Singapore.
James Odell, VP and Managing Director, Australia and Asia Pacific
James heads Elevate’s business in Asia Pacific. He brings significant front-line experience managing major international law firms across developed and emerging markets, having been based previously in London, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Prior to joining Elevate in 2013, James was COO at Baker & McKenzie, responsible for the delivery of all business services functions to the practice in South East Asia and Australia. During that period, Baker & McKenzie was recognized for excellence in South East Asia by Chambers, named ‘Law Firm/Legal Advisor of The Year’ by the Financial Times and Mergermarket, and named Australia’s ‘International Firm of the Year’ by Australian Legal Business.
Prior to Baker & McKenzie, James served on Linklaters’ central Strategy and Planning team, advising the Firm’s global executive committee during a period of post-merger consolidation and rapid profitability growth. James began his career in defence aerospace and has a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Bristol. He is based in Sydney.